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85 Persuasive Portrait Ads

From Criminal Revealing Campaigns to Face Tattoo Fundraising

— May 15, 2012 — Marketing
Although complex fantasy-filled billboards are eye-catching, these persuasive portrait ads are powerful and compelling despite their simplicity. The human face is capable of expressing multiple personalities and emotions at the drop of a hat. They provide the ideal vehicle for propelling evocative messages and branding humorous dispositions.

Up close captures are no longer exclusive to seductive lipstick spreads and perfume ads. With the advancement of photo manipulation techniques, it is possible to exaggerate expressions and create chimera-type mash ups. Whether its transforming famous dictators into edible masterpieces or masking up profiles with clever typography, the possibilities are endless.

Consumers can't help but stare into the expressive eyes of these provocative profiles. There are also great examples of ads where eyes and other bodily parts have been significantly cropped, resulting in a more intimate image. These persuasive portrait ads demonstrate that sometimes the simplest compositions are the most enduring ones.
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Activity
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Discombobulated Head Ads
Discombobulated Head Ads
The Boink Day Campaign Promotes the Annual Fundraising Event
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83
Mysterious Democrat Ads
Mysterious Democrat Ads
The Liberation Newspaper Campaign Shows but Doesn't Tell
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82
Lipstick-Licking Dog Ads
Lipstick-Licking Dog Ads
The Yarrah Bio Campaign Advocates Healthy Habits for Pets
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81
Peeling Facial Hair Ads
Peeling Facial Hair Ads
The BTC Razor Blade Campaign Promotes Easy Shaving
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80
Foot-Nose Ads
Foot-Nose Ads
The Dr Scholl's Campaign Fantastically Depicts the Consequence of Smelly Feet
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79
Fuel-Swilling PSAs
Fuel-Swilling PSAs
This TARTA Gas Guzzler Campaign Talks Up Public Transport
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78
Iconic Figure Campaigns
Iconic Figure Campaigns
The AudioBook India ads Pair Nelson Mandela with Hitler
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77
Graphed Affluence Advertising
Graphed Affluence Advertising
Sunday Times Rich List Ads Plot Prosperity Across Each Celebrity
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76
Musically Inspired Campaigns
Musically Inspired Campaigns
The Terra Sonora Ad Can Make Anyone a Star
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75
Eagle-Eyed Ads
Eagle-Eyed Ads
Washin Optical Campaign Shows How Precise Your Vision Can Be
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74
American Leader Atheneum Ads
American Leader Atheneum Ads
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Campaign is Illustrative
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73
Proletariat Employment Campaigns
Proletariat Employment Campaigns
Manpower Staffing Print Ads Feature Real People Off the Street
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72
Fashionable Phone Facials
Fashionable Phone Facials
The Armani/Samsung Campaign Puts a Face to the Brand Partnership
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71
Anti-Online Predator Campaigns
Anti-Online Predator Campaigns
The Rebecca Project for Human Rights Fights for Vulnerable Girls
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70
Elderly Innuendo Advertisements
Elderly Innuendo Advertisements
The Crosby's 'Bake it Like Grandma' Campaign Serves Up Shock
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69
Frozen Tongue Campaigns
Frozen Tongue Campaigns
The Yashida Ice Works Ads Look Uncomfortably Painful
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68
Road-Reporting Apps
Road-Reporting Apps
The iPhone Pothole Season App Campaign Helps People Avoid Messes
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67
Criminal Revealing Campaigns
Criminal Revealing Campaigns
The Toronto Crime Stoppers 2011 Ads Expose Wrongdoers
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66
Head-Turning Hospital Ads
Head-Turning Hospital Ads
Santa Casa de Misericordia de Sao Paulo Ads Will Turn You Upside Down
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65
Face Squashing Ads
Face Squashing Ads
The Harvey Nichols Sale Campaign Encourages Participation Not Admiration
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64
Marveling Manga Marketing
Marveling Manga Marketing
The Blaze Integra Campaign Features Astonished Anime-Inspired Models
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63
Ethnically Infused Ads
Ethnically Infused Ads
The 'China Times Authentic Chinese Cuisine' Campaign Combines Cultures
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62
Bandaged Author Ads
Bandaged Author Ads
The Avelar Machado Antiquarian Booksellers Campaign is Good as New
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61
Delicious Dictator Ads
Delicious Dictator Ads
The Amnesty International Campaign Cuts Away at Oppression
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60
Dead Playwright Print Ads
Dead Playwright Print Ads
The Church End Brewery 'Shakesbeer' Campaign is Fashionably Old
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59
Speaking Smartphone Ads
Speaking Smartphone Ads
Reporters Without Borders Creates Print Ads That Actually Speak to You
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58
Speech Bubble Buddy Ads
Speech Bubble Buddy Ads
This LG GW300 Campaign Puts Friends' Faces into Callouts
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57
Massive Shaving Murals
Massive Shaving Murals
Gillette Artistically Features The World's Biggest Shave
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56
Hitler-Esque Burlesque Ads
Hitler-Esque Burlesque Ads
The Viktor Rydberg Cabaret Campaign is Tasteful Yet Revealing
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55
Everyday Person Fashion Ads
Everyday Person Fashion Ads
The Maison Martin Margiela Ad Campaign for Spring/Summer 2012 is Chic
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54
Sad Kid Clown Ads
Sad Kid Clown Ads
The Mariana City Hall Campaign Addresses a Terrible Crime
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53
Squished Face Ads
Squished Face Ads
The Dr. Tint Tinted Windows Ads Feature Smooshed Individuals
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52
Secondhairy Head Ads
Secondhairy Head Ads
This Image Hair Group Campaign Treats Crown and Chin as the Same Charge
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51
Devastating Recruitment Ads
Devastating Recruitment Ads
The Creative School and Suit School Strikes an Emotive Chord
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50
Fluent Foreign Speaker Ads
Fluent Foreign Speaker Ads
The FYNE Language School Campaign Boasts Mini Mouth Men
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49
Multi-Emotional Ads
Multi-Emotional Ads
The UGC Theaters Campaign Promotes More Movies
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48
Masked Pet Adoption Ads
Masked Pet Adoption Ads
Cezar Martini's Uipa Adoption Ads Will Make You Want a Dog
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47
Early Retirement Ads
Early Retirement Ads
The SA Lotteries X Lotto Campaign Focuses on an Easy Life
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46
Human-Hybrid Eyewear Ads
Human-Hybrid Eyewear Ads
The Oxydo Tell Your Story Campaign Focuses on Creative Self-Confidence
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45
Criminal Health Club Campaigns
Criminal Health Club Campaigns
Eccotique Spas 'Hand Yourself In' Ads Summon the Fashion Police
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44
Blindfolded Victim Ads
Blindfolded Victim Ads
The Instituto Crianca Nosso Futuro Campaign Focuses on False Promises
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43
Paradise Deodorant Ads
Paradise Deodorant Ads
Become One of the Freshest Places on Earth with the Old Spice Campaign
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42
Upside-Down Celeb Ads
Upside-Down Celeb Ads
The Gossip News Campaign by Soul Fast Advertising
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41
Drunken Youth Ads
Drunken Youth Ads
The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel Campaign Has Party Animals in Mind
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40
Tradable Soccer Ads
Tradable Soccer Ads
Diver & Aguilar Released Their First Set Inspired by the Team FC Barcelona
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39
Mocking Athletic Apparel Campaigns
Mocking Athletic Apparel Campaigns
Nike Spoof Ads Get a Non-Conformist Makeover in Unswooshing
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38
Masking Censorship
Masking Censorship
World Press Freedom Ads
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37
Oceanic Nasal Sprays
Oceanic Nasal Sprays
The Otrivin Sea Water Ad Campaign is Nasally & Grotesque
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36
Cork Cage Hat Ads
Cork Cage Hat Ads
CCSVI 'Brave Dreams' Campaign Aims to Unblock MS Sufferers' Veins
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35
Eventual Artistvertising
Eventual Artistvertising
The Adorable and Funny 'Civita Art School' Ad Gives Future Hope
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34
Groomed Fast Food Ads
Groomed Fast Food Ads
The McDonald's McCafe a.M. p.M. Campaign
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33
Grotesque Piercing Promotions
Grotesque Piercing Promotions
The Nippon Paint Advertisements Will Shock You
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32
Villainous Vixen Timepiece Ads
Villainous Vixen Timepiece Ads
The Nicolas Guerin TechnoMarine Watch Campaign is Wicked
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31
Backwards Body Branding
Backwards Body Branding
The Reebok EasyTone Turn Campaign Keeps Everything Aligned
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30
Saccharine Cigarette Ads
Saccharine Cigarette Ads
This Kiss Superslims Campaign Likens Smokes to Sweets
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29
Steaming Nostril Ads
Steaming Nostril Ads
The Tabasco Garlic Pepper Sauce Campaign is Extremely Hot
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28
Violent Car Campaigns
Violent Car Campaigns
The Lamborghini Aventador 2011 Ads Have an Agressive Message
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27
Tear-Jerking Advertisements
Tear-Jerking Advertisements
The Calgary International Film Festival Billboard is Sad and Funny
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26
Political Pencil Campaigns
Political Pencil Campaigns
The Cicero Magazine Pencilhead Ads are Clever and Creative
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25
Fragmented Facial Collages
Fragmented Facial Collages
A Creative Campaign by 4Creative London for '7 Days'
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24
Child Beard Campaigns
Child Beard Campaigns
These Boy Scouts Ads Capture Young Ones with Fierce Facial Hair
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23
Scaffold-Fashioned Shades
Scaffold-Fashioned Shades
Ray-Ban 'Never Hide' Prints Promote Unsurpassed Sunglasses
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22
Jaw-Growing Gum Ads
Jaw-Growing Gum Ads
The Stimorol Infinity Gum Campaign Never Loses Flavor
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21
Moody Baby Marketing
Moody Baby Marketing
These DBI Federal Childsurance Ads Urge You to Care While They're Cute
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20
Crude Imagery for Awareness
Crude Imagery for Awareness
Blood of Earth on Your Mouth
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19
Dual Personality Campaigns
Dual Personality Campaigns
The Pizza Planet Ads Show Two Sides to Each Slice
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18
Unmanageable Mane Campaigns
Unmanageable Mane Campaigns
These Stihl Tools Ads Promote Implements for Big Jobs
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17
Windblown Shockvertising
Windblown Shockvertising
Pretty Fast Delivery Makes Ugly Pictures But A Great Point
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16
Surreal Snake Neck Campaigns
Surreal Snake Neck Campaigns
Amuse Fashion Socks Ads Invite the Creative Wearing of Wool
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15
Age-Exposing Eyewear
Age-Exposing Eyewear
These Mitchell Eye Centre Ads Suggest a Younger Look
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14
Erotic Game Advertisements
Erotic Game Advertisements
These Phantasm Ads Feature Naughty Boy Thoughts
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13
Laundered Granny Campaigns
Laundered Granny Campaigns
These Vernel Max Ads Enfold You in Comfortable Clothing
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12
Provocative Political Makeout Ads
Provocative Political Makeout Ads
The Bennetton ‘UNHATE' Campaign Unites World Leaders
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11
Big Mouth Hamburger Ads
Big Mouth Hamburger Ads
The Jaw-Dropping PampaVerde Extra Big Burger Print
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10
Puzzle Billboards
Puzzle Billboards
McDonald's Sort Your Head Out Campaign
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9
Face Tattoo Fundraising
Face Tattoo Fundraising
Uwe Troschel Sold Off Sections of His Mug Shot
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8
Abbreviated Anatomy Advertising
Abbreviated Anatomy Advertising
Mercedes-Benz Brake Assist Plus Ads Make Feet More Effective
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7
Spoofed Milk Campaigns
Spoofed Milk Campaigns
The Funny or Die Milk Ads Address the Idea of Sexist Advertising
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6
High Heel Hairdos
High Heel Hairdos
The Alto Palermo Mall Ads Feature Purchasable Hair Styles
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5
Emotionally Expressive Sports Ads
Emotionally Expressive Sports Ads
The Nike ‘Make it Count' Prints Show Athletes Fighti
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4
Adult Worker Ads
Adult Worker Ads
These Stepping Stone Ads by Extreme Group are a Bit of a Shock
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3
Identity Crisis Photos
Identity Crisis Photos
Simon Winnall Captures Creative Conceptual Images
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2
Controversial Support Bra Ad
Controversial Support Bra Ad
Running Free
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Cocky Condom Campaigns
Cocky Condom Campaigns
These Durex XXL Ads Pack a Big Punch
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